What is crochet?
At its most basic, crocheting is a craft in which you use a long-handled hook to make loops with a long strand of yarn. As you add more loops (and loop them together), you can build a piece of fabric that can then transform into an infinite number of different items.
Sounds magical, doesn’t it? It kind of is!
Now grab your hook and your yarn and let’s get started!
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The First Steps
Making a Slip Knot
For any crochet project, the first step will be to make a slip knot. This knot secures your yarn to the hook.
1. Pull out about six inches of yarn from your yarn ball and make a loop in the yarn.
2. Take the yarn tail that is crossing over the front of the loop and place it behind the loop.
3. Place your hook underneath the bar of yarn that is in the middle of the loop.
4. Grab both ends of the yarn of your slip knot, making sure that the hook stays in place.
5. Gently tug on the yarn ends to tighten the slip knot around your hook.
The Chain Stitch
The chain stitch is the foundation all other stitches are built on. At the beginning of every project you will need to form a chain of a specific length. This is called your foundation row.
Let’s do it! Start with a slip knot on your hook.
1. Grab the working yarn (the piece attached to your ball of yarn, not the short tail) with the hook. To do this, wrap the yarn over the hook toward you. This is called a yarn over.
2. Using your hook, pull the yarn through the slip knot (or the loop) on your hook. This makes one chain stitch on your hook.
3. Grab the working yarn again with your hook.
4. Pull the yarn back through the loop on your hook. This makes the second chain stitch.
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